Summer Camps with Parks

Sign up now for summer camps with parks! There are still lots of options to keep kids engaged this summer, including SPARC camps, Ritter Springs, horse camps, zoo camps, archery camps, farm park camps, junior golf camps and clinics and even adventure day trips with Outdoor Initiatives.

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Tuesdays in May: Couch to 5K at Dan Kinney Family Center

Competing in a 5K can be tough for a beginner. This class helps new runners start training, catering to individual abilities and needs. Ages 14 and up, Tuesdays in May starting May 1, 5-6 p.m. $10/Member, $20/Non-member. 891-1500.

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May 5: Native Plant Market at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Discover plants native to our region and strong performers for home landscapes. Meet with a variety of vendors and experts about native plants, which attract wildlife and encourage living lighter on the Earth. Free admission! Sat., May 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Springfield Botanical Gardens, 891-1515.

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May 5: Giboney Cave Tours

Explore the myths, facts, and history of Giboney Cave at Doling Park. Shoes will get muddy on Walking Tour. You will get very muddy and wet on the in-depth Tunnel Tour. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight, or use ours. Dates are subject to weather and bat activity. Ages 6 and up. Tours are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. (Tunnel) Walking Tour: $4/Person, $12/Family of 4 Tunnel Tour: $6/Person, $20/Family of 4. Register by Friday, May 4, at 833-8647.

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May 5-6: Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street

The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from more than 120 juried artists from across the country. Includes live music, dance and theater on multiple stages, food from some of the area’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, and hands-on art activities for all ages. Admission is $5 at the gate, kids age 5 and under are free. May 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After-hour activities 6-8 p.m.; May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council, 862-2787.

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Tuesdays in May: Spring Bike Camp

Beginner and intermediate BMW-style bike riders learn basics of biking in a fun camp setting at Springfield Skate Park. Riders develop and enhance biking skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on bike control, safety, park etiquette and biking fundamentals. For ages 7-12, Tues., 6-8 p.m., May 8, 15, 22 and 29. $45/rider. Space is limited, register in person at Springfield Skate Park 868-8758, by May 5. Scholarships may be available.

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May 11: Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Musical guests perform at the new Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens, including Melinda Mullins Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.; and Auntie Em & the Tornadoes, Sun., June 3, 2 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free for all ages. Donations benefit garden projects. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

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May 12: Eye of the Needle Hike

Hike through the Ozarks’ most rugged canyon to this iconic spot in the Ponca Wilderness at the Buffalo National River. This is an advanced hike, traversing difficult terrain, scrambling up steep inclines and over large boulders, so physical fitness is a must! Total distance is 5 miles. For ages 15 and up, 15-17 year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. $15/person. Transportation provided. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water. Day packs available for rent. Register by May 11 through Outdoor Initiatives, 833-8647. Travel is 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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May 13: Mother's Day at the Zoo

Free zoo admission for moms all day Mother’s Day at Dickerson Park Zoo, 833-1570. Regular admission is $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.


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May 16: Try Archery Program

Allows beginners of any age an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows under the supervision of an instructor. Equipment is provided. For all ages, Wednesday, May 16, 6-7 p.m. $5/one-hour class. Archery Range at the Davis Property, 874-2910.


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May 14-18: Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Presented by Hy-Vee, coordinated by Ozark Greenways. Use Springfield’s active transportation options at least once this week to get around town. Where does your route take you? Any active trip counts: walk to lunch, bike to work, skate to school, carpool to a meeting, or any combination! Register yourself or your team at ozarkgreenways.org, log your miles and compete for a prize. Free for all ages, schedule at your own pace.


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Summer Junior Golf Membership

Juniors golfers ages 17 and under enjoy unlimited summer weekday golf, noon to close at Horton Smith, Bill & Payne Stewart and Rivercut golf courses, May 14-August 14. Does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Membership is $99, requires golf staff or instructor approval, letter from golf coach.

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May 19: Endangered Species Day/Art Gone Wild

Dickerson Park Zoo presents educational animal presentations for all ages, plus hands-on art activities provided by Friends of the Zoo and Springfield Regional Arts Council. Admission is $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs., 833-1570.


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May 25: Family Fridays in the Garden

Bring the whole family for an evening to discover plants, animals and the history of Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is a repeating summer series, with May 25 featuring Garden Predators. Admission is free for all ages. Meet on the Rooftop Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

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May 26: Outdoor Pools Open

Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs, Meador and Westport outdoor pools and McGee/McGregor Wading Pool all open for the summer Memorial Day weekend. Open daily (maintenance days staggered weekly) 1-6:30 p.m. Admission is $2.50/ages 3-17 and seniors, $3/adults. Enjoy Splash & Sizzle admission ($1 or free with canned food donation) daily after 5:30 p.m., and all day on holidays and special weekends, including Memorial Day. McGee-McGregor Wading Pool is free, but for kids 6 and under and their parents only, and follows a modified schedule.

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May 30-June 2: Southwest Missouri Senior Games

Competitions for athletes age 50 and up. Events include track and field, bowling, golf, swimming, Pickleball, basketball skills, table tennis, washers, baggo, horseshoes, bocce, archery, 8-ball and more. May serve as preparation for the Missouri State Senior Games. Register by May 15 through Northview Center, 837-5808. Some events may have space to register day-of. $10/Athlete, golf and bowling have an additional facility fee.


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May 31: Register for summer 3-on-3 Youth Basketball League

Players 12-18, sign up for an 8-week league of half-court 3-on-3 basketball, June 7-July 26 at Doling Family Center, 837-5900. Games are Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Teams must number 3-5 players, $60/team. First and second place league awards.

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